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Sensory Panels

Understanding the sensory features of products within a category is critical to developing successful new products, enhancing the appeal of existing products and simply being competitive in today’s marketplace. Our trained panels can help.

 

SDA™ Data from fully trained panels

Spectrum Descriptive Analysis Panels

 

Food & Beverage

Spectrum Descriptive Analysis (SDA) is a trusted method where highly trained panelists use their senses to describe and scale products. Our food panel is comprised for fully trained and validated panelists. 

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Food & Beverage

Did you know that all SDA panelists are trained for more than 100 hours each? 

And are constantly being trained on new categories.

Shannon Gibbons

Program Manager

Liz Filoramo

Panel Leader

​Our panels can support your business objectives in a variety of ways including: 

  • Descriptive Analysis / Descriptive Profiling

  • Benchtop Testing

  • Clinical Research

  • Quality Assurance

  • Shelf-life Testing

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Aroma & Malodor

Spectrum Descriptive Analysis (SDA) is a trusted method where highly trained panelists use their senses to describe and scale products. Our food panel is comprised for fully trained and validated panelists. 

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Essential Oils

Aroma & Malodor

Our aroma panelists are trained in the evaluation of:

  • fine fragrances

  • contaminant detection

  • pet odors

  • household odors

  • natural products

Shannon Gibbons

Program Manager

Joyce O'Malley

Panel Leader

​Our panels can support your business objectives in a variety of ways including: 

  • Descriptive Analysis / Descriptive Profiling

  • Benchtop Testing

  • Clinical Research

  • Quality Assurance

  • Shelf-life Testing

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Personal Care Products

Sensory Spectrum maintains two personal care panels that operate from our North Carolina facility. Both panels are trained to evaluate diverse categories including: lotions, soaps, hair care, hand-feel (fabrics, paper towels, facial and toilet tissues), color cosmetics and much more.

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Cosmetic Products

Personal Care

Our personal care panels can evaluate complete products or raw ingredients. Great for:

  • ingredient substitutions

Lisa Codespot

Program Manager

Laura Finnimore

Panel Leader

Teresa Gunner

Panel Leader

​Our panels can support your business objectives in a variety of ways including: 

  • Descriptive Analysis / Descriptive Profiling

  • Benchtop Testing

  • Clinical Research

  • Quality Assurance

  • Shelf-life Testing

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Discrimination & Quality

Sensory Spectrum can help you design and execute a discrimination test that addresses your individual needs. Tests such as Triangle Tests, Paired Comparison, Tetrad, etc. can help you understand the effects of raw materials changes, new processes, and shelf-life.  We can execute and interpret these types of tests.

The Sensory Quality Audit ensures that your manufacturing process is delivering the best quality product to your consumer in a cost effective and rapid way. Sensory Spectrum has developed an integrated product quality scale that defines target product properties and measures against a target with a simple, easy to understand score. We also provide qualitative justification for the score and recommendations for improving the sensory quality when your product is “out of spec.” This allows for determination of the sources of positive and negative characteristics and their influence on overall quality.

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Discrimination & Quality Testing

Fully trained discrimination & quality panels can help with :

  • Tetrad

  • Triangle

  • n-AFC

  • Quality Panels

  • DOD / DFC

Katie Osdoba

Subject Matter Expert

Lisa Codespot

Program Manager

​Our panels can support your business objectives in a variety of ways including: 

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  • Quality Assurance

  • Program Audits

  • Shelf-life Testing

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Sensory Spectrum understands the strategic role sensory science plays in food and beverage R&D better than any partner I have worked with. They have been a great partner over a number of years, bringing expertise and creativity to mapping sensory attributes across the full development life cycle, from initial product development to consumer perception. With its unique passion for understanding sensory properties and how they influence consumer mindsets, purchases, and loyalty, Sensory Spectrum will continue to be a valuable resource for my research teams.

Jonathan McIntyre, Ph.D. Chief Executive Officer